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We searched the country for the best place to build what would be Australia's most challenging, stunning and prestigious 100km trail running event. The breathtaking trails located in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park of Australia was the obvious choice. Starting in 2008 as The North Face 100 and Marathon Pairs, the 50km was introduced in 2013. Year 2016 saw an expansion of the event and a name change to Ultra-Trail Australia with a substantial increase in the entrant numbers in the 100km and 50km and the introduction of the UTA22, Scenic World UTA951 (Furber Stairs Time Trial) and Event Expo. Ultra-Trail Australia has captivated runners locally and internationally and it has quickly grown to become one of the most talked about endurance events in Australian history.

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Archie P
"A fantastic experience and a hell of a day out. 4400m of elevation and 10,500..."
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How to enter the Ultra-Trail Australia

  1. 11 Km

    Run 100km
  2. 50k

    Run 50km
    AUD $255
    Event passed
  3. 11 Km

    Run 100km
  4. 1.2k

    Run 1.2km
  5. 1k

    Run 1km
  6. 11k

    Run 11km
    AUD $80
    Event passed

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Event Details

Spectators

Spectators

Spectators add a great vibe to the event are more than welcome to come and watch the event. It provides a great boost to be cheered as you run through a crowd. Spectators are also welcome to attend the Event Expo, Film Festival and any of the other festivities.

The most accessible places to see the event are:

ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 100

  • The Start at Scenic World and the 3.9km mark where runners return past Scenic World (from 6am for first 100km start at 6:20am)
  • On foot along the first 3.9km of the route off to the side of Cliff Drive (not on Cliff Drive) between Violet St and Narrow Neck Road while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (5am to 9:15am).
  • On foot along Cliff Drive between Violet St and Katoomba Falls Rd (3.9km to 4.9km) while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (from 5am and 9:15am). After 9:15am, Cliff Drive reopens to traffic and all spectators must be off the road by then.
  • Between the 6.2km to 6.4km mark where the route goes through the Scenic World boardwalks in the valley (access via Scenic Railway only –no access for spectators via Furber Steps). Scenic Railway will run from 6:15am and tickets must be pre-purchased from the online event shop.
  • Checkpoint 3 (Megalong Valley -Parking for 1 support crew vehicle per runner only which must have a support crew parking sticker)
  • Checkpoint 4 (Katoomba Aquatic Centre -Parking for 1 support crew vehicle per runner only which must have a support crew parking sticker)
  • Fairmont Resort Water Point (Fairmont Resort, Leura)
  • Checkpoint 5 (Queen Victoria Hospital, Wentworth Falls -Parking for 1 support crew vehicle per runner only which must have a support crew parking sticker)
  • The Finish at Scenic World (100km runners finishing from 3:10pm)

ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 50

  • The Start at Scenic World and the 5.9km mark where runners return past Scenic World (from 6:10am for first 50km start at 6:32am)
  • On foot along the first 5.9km of the route, but not including Glenraphael Drive, as runners make their way out and back along Cliff Drive while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (5am to 9:15am).
  • On foot along Cliff Drive between Violet St and Katoomba Falls Rd (5.9km to 6.9km) while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (from 5am and 9:15am). After 9:15am, Cliff Drive reopens to traffic and all spectators must be off the road by then.
  • Fairmont Resort Water Point (Fairmont Resort, Leura)
  • The Finish at Scenic World (50km runners finishing from 10:40am)

UTA22

  • The Start at Queen Victoria Hospital, Tableland Road, Wentworth Falls. Note there is no vehicle access to the start on Friday morning. Spectators must buy a seat on the event bus which will run from Scenic World to Queen Victoria Hospital returning to Scenic World after the race start (spectator bus tickets must be pre-purchased from the online event shop).
  • The Finish at Scenic World (UTA22 runners finishing from 10:40am)

SCENIC WORLD UTA951 (FURBER STEPS TIME TRIAL)

  • The Start just above The Scenic Railway lower station (access via Scenic Railway only –no access for spectators via Furber Steps) Scenic Railway will operate from 6:15 am on Saturday (Special price spectator tickets for Saturday must be pre-purchased from the online event shop).
  • The Finish at Scenic World (Scenic World UTA951 runners finishing between between 9:50am and 10:10am on Saturday
Volunteers

Volunteers

Join the volunteer crew for an intimate experience of this iconic event. We have something for everyone, from being the first to greet thousands of participants, cheering them on as they take on the course, or handing out their hard earned finisher gear as they cross the finish line. Whatever you do as a volunteer, you’ll be at the heart of it all, creating life-changing experiences for everyone – including yourself.

Ultra-Trail Australia weather forecast

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Ultra-Trail Australia reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the event in 2019

    A fantastic experience and a hell of a day out. 4400m of elevation and 10,500 steps nearly broke. I trained pretty hard for this bad boy (1000km in 3 months) and it was completely worth it. Stunning scenery and so well organised. It sells out quick so get in there early. Can't recommend it more.
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